Written by | Aaron Hamilton |
On Feb. 25, the Creative Mind Humanities Lecture Series hosted Dr. Hilaire Kallendorf as part of this year’s topic: “The Golden Age of Spain.” Kallendorf is a professor of Hispanic and Religious Studies at Texas A&M University. During her first lecture, Kallendorf spoke about Miguel de Cervantes. Cervantes was known for multiple works, but his most famous was his novel, Don Quixote. Kallendorf spoke about aspects of the book in great detail.
While she spoke, she focused on Cervantes as a philosopher and not just as an author. Kallendorf’s connection with Don Quixote and Cervantes goes back to when she was an undergraduate and read Don Quixote aloud while walking around the garden chapel at Princeton University. Her connection with Spanish history goes back to when she was at a Catholic school in San Angelo. Kallendorf said she was glad to see a community outreach program such as the Creative Mind Series and hopes this year’s topic will expand people’s knowledge of the Spanish culture. One of her goals as a professor is to see earlier exposure of languages to children.
Kristen Edford, coordinator of the Creative Mind Series, said the importance behind the speeches is the community outreach that is involved. The topics that are chosen each year are taken from suggestions that attendees make. Edford said this year’s topic, “The Golden Age of Spain,” randomly evolved from another idea. In addition to the lecture by Kallendorf, “The Golden Age of Spain” lecture series featured Dr. Andrew Casper and Dr. Richard Kagan as speakers. Each one of the three speakers gave two lectures apiece on different topics in their field of knowledge.
In connection with the speakers, the Amarillo Public Library hosted the exhibit, “El Greco of Toledo and Spanish Culture in the Golden Age.” The exhibit was on loan from Humanities Texas. Edford said she would like to remind everyone that the Creative Mind Series is free to the student body and community and that the event would not exist without their support.